James* uses a motorised wheelchair and doesn’t mind a boogie. Visiting a local club, he parked his wheelchair on the dance floor and was dancing in his seat for 20 minutes before he was approached by a security guard and asked to leave the dance floor.
The club did not permit wheelchairs on the dance floor for safety reasons.
James made a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission. Basic Rights Queensland helped him in the conciliation, and when the matter escalated to the Federal Circuit Court, we connected him with a barrister. James settled the complaint at a court-ordered mediation.
When people seek to uphold their human rights and are backed by the legal profession, they will feel empowered to continue the fight and discriminatory practices will decline.
*This fictional name has been given to protect the client’s identity.